Friday, August 29, 2014

One minus (with side benefits) and one definite plus

Last year started with me drifting somewhat, and so I signed up for two external stimulae: the first was A Letter A Week 2013
I largely failed at that discipline, but I found that indeed the thinking did stimulate me, and I still have an ongoing project (in a layby at present) which partly grew out of that. I also learned again what I already really knew: that regular deadlines and my creativity just do not coincide!
The other stimulus was the Bookmark project.  I have always loved bookmarks and over the years have amassed quite a collection.  When on a strict budget, they are usually the item affordable in museum and gallery shops, and it is fun trying to match the bookmark to the book being read. 
 
I also print my own bookmarks for friends from time to time.  So this project fitted right in, and with it comes the bonus of receiving a whole bundle of other folks' bookmarks!
I have received my copies of this year's batch
which includes my own, and two of my favourites are by printmakers whose blogs I follow: Elizabeth Banfield and Jacqui Dodds.  All the bookmarks in this current project: XII will be put online next month sometime (here is a link to project XI's participants and their bookmarks).  The whole experience has been such a positive one for me that I've signed up again for the next bookmark project.

7 comments:

  1. Yes, and despite the Kindle I still have a great many physical books to put the bookmarks in!

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  2. I find it interesting how you have cropped images for the bookmarks. And I love the last one with its quotation - perfect!

    Out of curiosity - what do you print them out on?

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  3. Sheila I use a specialist paper for inkjet prints which has a surface like watercolour paper. It is thicker and double sided, just as the bookmarks are. I love cropping - I picked that up from the days of designing book pages when there was so often at first glance not enough space to fit in all the illustrations we wanted.

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  4. Thanks for the info, Olga. I'd totally forgotten that one could get those specialty papers for inkjet printers. And I definitely think your publishing background gives you an edge over the rest of us when it comes to design! I personally find cropping my own work very difficult to do in spite of seeing such excellent results in other's work. Don't know why I have such an aversion to it.

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  5. Sheila, one thing that you can try is have a shape cut out of a piece of card - a square or a rectangle - and try placing it over a bigger picture in order to find a cropped image. It's fun, and you can find gems in otherwise rejected drawings for instance.

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  6. Another great tip that I do know about but don't think to try. I do something similar when looking at my photographs in Paint Shop Pro by drawing out a crop line and then moving it around the photo. Must start utilizing some of these designing ideas!

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